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Democratizing Application Development with Betty Blocks

By : Reinier van Altena
Book Image

Democratizing Application Development with Betty Blocks

By: Reinier van Altena

Overview of this book

This practical guide on no-code development with Betty Blocks will take you through the different features, no-code functionalities, and capabilities of the Betty Blocks platform using real-world use cases. The book will equip you with the tools to develop business apps based on various data models, business processes, and more. You’ll begin with an introduction to the basic concepts of the Betty Blocks no-code platform, such as developing IT solutions on various use cases including reporting apps, data tracking apps, workflows, and business processes. After getting to grips with the basics, you’ll explore advanced concepts such as building powerful applications that impact the business straight away with no-code application development and quickly creating prototypes. The concluding chapters will help you get a solid understanding of rapid application development, building customer portals, building dynamic web apps, drag-and-drop front ends, visual modelling capabilities, and complex data models. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained a comprehensive understanding of building your own applications as a citizen developer using the Betty Blocks no-code platform.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part 1: Citizen Development
Part 2: First Steps on the Betty Blocks Platform
Part 3: Building Your First Application
Part 4: The Pro-Coder

Where do applications on the Betty Blocks platform reside?

As mentioned before, the Betty Blocks platform is a cloud platform, which means it’s accessible from anywhere. So, when you create an application on the Betty Blocks platform, where is it hosted? Well, basically there are three different flavors of the platform:

  • A public cloud (by default, Azure)
  • A private cloud (any cloud operator)
  • On-premises

In the public cloud, you can access Betty Blocks anywhere in the world, but can also choose specific areas of the world in which to host your application, including the EU, UK, US, Canada, and many more places. This might be necessary to comply with laws in different parts of the world governing your app and its data. When you start a new application, you can choose where you want it to be hosted. By default, this is always in the Azure cloud.

In a private-cloud setup, Betty Blocks apps are hosted on your own cloud infrastructure, which is maintained and updated by Betty Blocks but owned and operated by you. This is done, for example, if you have a specific cloud preference besides Azure.

The on-premises option means that your instance of Betty Blocks will not be accessible outside your own company. It’s also maintained and updated by your own DevOps team (with support from Betty Blocks). You might choose this option if your data is very sensitive.